192 posts tagged beautydiys
If you have scalp problems then you will know all too well the pain that comes with using commercial shampoos. That’s because most commercial shampoos contain additives like sulfates (the stuff that gives shampoo it’s lather, but can worsen skin irritations and strip hair). I have psoriasis and can’t use ‘traditional’ shampoos anymore - my head goes nuts! I have been buying sulfate-free shampoo, but making my own is something I’d love to do. Plus rosemary has been shown to be effective to preventing hair loss and mint is good for dandruff, and relieving scalp irritations. So this is basically sore head heaven! Just remember if you make this, that it won’t lather and get frothy like normal shampoo because it doesn’t have the sulfates, so don’t worry that you’ve messed up!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know there was such a thing as eyelash conditioning serum! But then again, I’m a bit of a makeup novice. After a bit of research, I discovered two things: eyelash serum is great for reducing breakages and increasing lash length. And two, eyelash serum can be ridiculously expensive (especially if they put ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in the name!). This eyelash serum only has two ingredients in it, and that’s about as simple and natural as you can get. So if you’re looking to increase the length and health of your eye-batters, mix this up and get to using it today!
Brit + Co has a great round up of hair chalk styles that is sure to get your creative juices going! Hair chalk is a great alternative to dyeing (and less risk of it all going pear shaped when you wash your hair!) and it means you can change up your style each day. Hair chalk is so easy to find these days - they even have it at Woolworths if you’re in Australia - and some brands are actually really good on dark hair too! I love the bottom pic, it’s very girly and somewhat how I think a mermaid would have her hair. Click through for even more inspiration, including darker hair pics!
Sizzling Summer Hair | SoapQueen
I know I have been notably absent recently - I’ve been busy researching for my new stall at the end of the year - going back to my first love of soaping! I have read through basically the whole of the SoapQueen blog, which is run by the founder of Bramble Berry, my favourite soap & beauty product supplier. I thought y’all would love these projects for lovely hair - shampoo & conditioner with nourishing argan oil and sea salt spray to give you nice beachy waves. You will need to (probably) buy some supplies to make these, but SoapQueen has a great feature on each post to add all the ingredients to a cart on the Bramble Berry website.
One of my all time favourite beauty products is the Rosewater Balancing Mist by SA brand Jurlique. It feels so beautiful on your skin… which is good because it’s really pricey! DLF has a very similar mist which, although it doesn’t have the same ingredients, is still really similar to the Jurlique with a gorgeous blend of rosewater and witch hazel, and I can make quite a few bottles for the same price! There’s also recipes for two other sprays - Cool Down & Sleep Tight. Download the free labels and make your own!
I know it’s Summer up there in the North and with Summer comes the bugs. The small, noisy, biting bugs that drive you mad when you’re trying to share their great outdoors! I don’t really like bug spray, but I do think you need something to protect yourself. This natural bug balm is great because the whole family can use it and it’s not going to offend sensitive noses. All of the ingredients should be able to be purchased on eBay or soap suppliers online.
Are there any other soapers out there reading my blog?! Hello to you! I used to love making soap but stopped when I got in to jewelry making. Now I’ve decided to pick it back up again (and hopefully sell some at my annual December stall!) and I’ve been searching for fun recipes. The Soap Queen is one of my favourite blogs because she is great at explaining every step and has great tips. Apparently charcoal and rose clay are great for purifying and cleansing, and the fact that this recipe uses melt & pour soap means this is a great beginner recipe. And even better - just click on the link in the recipe and it will add all the ingredients you need on the Bramble Berry website (you lucky Americans!). This would be a beautiful gift soap - I know I would love a bar!
Regardless of whether you’re a casual bike rider or a every day cyclist, if you wear a helmet you’ll know the horror of helmet hair! Well here are 5 gorgeous hairstyles that you can easily create and have confidence that after your ride your hair will still look fab (in fact, these are great to try even if you have never ridden a bike in your life!)
Though I’m always encouraging people to DIY instead of buy, there are some instances where I encourage people to definitely buy! Especially when it comes to anything you put in/on your body. Whilst there are tons of great beauty DIYs out there, sometimes it pays to purchase instead of create - not only will you save money, but time, frustration and a potential health hazard! Brit + Co goes through 6 products - some are great to whip up in your kitchen and some you should check out your local store for (I think I might have to make some Lavender Lava Spray for my hair!)
I am a huge fan of lipsticks - particularly MAC ones (,y all time favourite is Rebel, which I was recommended by my friend Chelsea!) But the thing with rich, creamy lipstick is that if you put it on dry, chapped lips it completely ruins the look! So I’ve whipped up some of this natural lip balm - you probably have the ingredients in your cupboard already! - and I’m applying it after I’ve brushed my teeth to give my lips a nice smooth base before I pop on my lippy. If you have any left over make a few extra tubs for friends & family!
Everyone at sometime in their life is going to get a headache or a bump/bruise. If you prefer to avoid chemicals then these all natural balms should be right up your alley. Once you’ve infused your herbs, all you have to do is mix with a carrier oil and beeswax, then rub on the affected area. There are two recipes here - Peppermint & Lavender for headaches and Rose & Chamomile for calming.
Though I love all the coloured nail polishes out there, I find I always end up going with pale, neutral nail colours. I think it’s because I am terrible at painting my nails and paler colours don’t show up the dodgy marks. But pale colours can be really boring, that’s why I love this gold triangle design - it’s not too obvious but it’s still interesting. and I think even I could do this without messing it up!
I always try to feature short hair tutorials but sometimes they’re hard to come by. That’s why I like this ‘hair jewelry’ - you can wear this on short hair as well as long - the two flowers are attached to bobby pins. This is so customisable, and you could even wear these as a cardigan clip!
If you enjoy a nice relaxing bath, then these lavender bath melts will be right up your alley! All you have to do to use these melts is drop them in your bath, then lay back and enjoy! You can also use these in the shower - melt one in between your hands and massage into your skin. Sublime! And as always, you can substitute the lavender essential oil for any other scent - Aromaweb has a great guide!
As someone with lovely pale British skin who lives in Australia, I know all too well the pain of sunburn. The worst part is when you lather yourself in sunscreen and still end up burnt! I’ve often heard that oatmeal is great for soothing burnt skin but I can’t say I’ve found pouring oats into a bath appealing…I’m just envisioning sitting in porridge! Well these lovely bath bombs take all that oaty goodness and put it into simple to use bath bomb form. And even if you don’t have sunburn, oats are great for soothing irritated skin. I would scent these bombs with Oatmeal, Milk & Honey scent for a warm, homey smell. These would be lovely to put into a take care kit with some intensive lip treatment, a hair treatment and an eye mask.